Being a mother is like wandering through a maze-- there are so many twists and turns that we often lose our way. As a young mom raising three energetic boys (one with Autism Spectrum Disorder and another with Tourette Syndrome), I can attest to feeling puzzled, helpless, and exhausted. Mama’s Maze is intended to encourage and uplift Christian mothers as we walk together in the ministry of motherhood. Let’s journey together!
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My Dearest Trent
My dearest Trent,
Today is your 6th
birthday and I am so grateful that we are able to share it with you. You are a
very special little boy and I thank God for blessing us with you. I wanted to
write a letter just to show you how much you are loved.
Trent, I am sure it
can be hard being the middle child sometimes. But please understand that God's
timing for your entrance into this world was just right. I remember when I
found out you were on the way. It was quite a surprise even though we had
prayed to have another child someday. The look on your dad's face was
priceless. (I have video footage if you ever want to see it!) A few months
later, you made your debut in dramatic fashion. That day was a day that your
dad and I will never forget. It was the
day that we weren't sure if I was going to make it through your birth. You had
decided to come early with no warning at all. I was in a LOT of pain! I can
remember laying on that table screaming and crying because something wasn’t
right. But somewhere in all of that chaos, I found time to pray and I asked God
(because I was pretty sure that I was dying) to just let me see you once before
he took me to heaven. And I saw your little face, and my heart melted. I smiled
because you were adorable and breathing.
I cried because I loved you and I did not know what was about to happen
to me. But God, in his grace and mercy, allowed me to survive. Even though
there were complications after the fact that landed me in the hospital again
and separated me from you for a few days, God was faithful. So when I look at you, Trent, I am reminded
of God's faithfulness, his unfailing love for our family, and his miraculous
Trent, I want you to
know how proud we are to be your parents. You amaze me every day. The way you
soak up the biblical instruction that we try to teach you and your brothers is
awesome. You have a knack for dropping little nuggets of wisdom here and there
(and immediately returning back to your silly nature). "Mr.
Entertainment" is what you should be called. Your ability to bring joy to
people and make them smile is a gift….a gift I hope one day you can use in the
kingdom of God.
Son, I am thankful
that you love God. I encourage you to walk closely with him and listen for his
voice. I pray that you desire to have a relationship with Jesus and share him
with others. There is so much potential I see working inside of you, that it literally
gives me goosebumps to think of what you can become. We can't wait to see what
great things are in store for you, Trent-- and there are many!
Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by to check out my new blog—Mama's Maze. I am truly excited about starting this blog. God placed this on my heart a while ago so it is awesome to see it come to fruition. I have never done anything like this before, so I am thrilled about venturing into uncharted territory. Writing is a passion of mine, and I love talking about the goodness of God. So what better way to put the two together than in a blog. How did I come up with the name Mama's Maze? Well, one day as I was pondering on what the name of this blog would be, I thought about my experiences as a mother. I mean, after being in the game for five years now, what could I compare motherhood to? After much thought, the word "maze" came to mind. If you have ever been in a maze or played some type of game that had one, you know it can be challenging, frustrating, and rewarding if you ever make it through. There are so many twists and turns that it can be quite overwhelm
With April being Autism Awareness Month, I thought it would be the appropriate time to share our story thus far as it relates to having a child on the autism spectrum. I had planned to tell this story earlier, but it just never seemed like the right time. I wanted to be as transparent as possible in sharing our story, so this may take more than one blog post. Also, in a later post, my husband will be sharing his personal reflections on how this journey with autism has affected him as a father and husband. Please know that our story will not be the same as other families because all children with autism are not the same. It is my hope that we can encourage others who may be on this same journey, as well as enlighten others about autism spectrum disorder. So here's our story: To look at our firstborn, Jason, Jr., you would think he is an exact replica of his father, Big Jason. When he was born, there was no doubt of which parent he looked like. Jason, Jr., was our answered
On a recent visit to our local library, I checked out a few DVDs for the boys to watch while I completed a few tasks around the house. They fell in love with a certain DVD that contained a few popular children's stories. One story they were particularly fond of was The Three Little Pigs. After playing the DVD numerous times, the boys began to memorize the story and from then on all they could talk about (and sing about) were the three pigs and the big bad wolf. As they attempted to tell me about this classic fable, I began to think of the story from a spiritual aspect and how it can be applied in our daily battle with Satan, who is "the Big Bad Wolf" in our lives. Much like the wolf in this story, Satan goes out "seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). And you know what; sometimes we can exhibit some of the same the qualities as those pigs. Maybe we are like the first pig who built his house with straw- a very weak material and foundatio